Mixing patient types

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    What are your experiences with mixing patient types? Do you work on a closed/locked unit? What size facility is it? If you do get a mixture, is there a set standard to what is acceptable or what is not acceptable?

    My facility is a small one. 450-500 births per year. We all know what a mess the economy is and the impact AFC has had within our field of work. Our unit is now caring for antepartums of all kind, intrapartum, postpartum, level 1 nursery, pediatrics of all kind, and medical/surgical (seemingly of all kind). Standards and policies are continuing to be made and fought.

    Can anyone point me to literature or studies completed on the mixing of our sacred ground (mommies and babies) with the sick, infectious, and confused?


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